Reform Scotland News: 18 July 2013


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is highlighted and underlined.

 In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV News and Sky News


Independence: Criticisms have been made of the tactics used by both the pro and anti-independence campaigns. (Michael Kelly in the Scotsman, Herald page 6)

Immigration: Britain may need millions of more immigrants to reduce the “unsustainable” pressure the aging population is placing on the economy, the Office for Budget Responsibility has said. (Telegraph page 12, Express page 4)

BBC: Iain Macwhirter in the Scotsman comments on BBC Scotland’s failure to reflect life in Scotland, according to a survey of viewer attitudes.

Saltire: Christine Jardine in the Scotsman comments on Alex Salmond’s waving of the Saltire during Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory.


Oil revenue: The Office for Budget Responsibility’s predictions for Scotland’s future oil wealth until 2041 have been downgraded by £11 billion, a fall of 15% on previous estimates. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 1, Alexander Kemp in the Herald page 6, Telegraph page 12, Express page 2, Sun page 2, Times page 1, P&J page 12)

Unemployment: Unemployment in Scotland has risen by 8,000 to 205,000, despite a fall in the jobless rates in the UK as a whole. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 7, Express page 2, Courier page 16)

Recovery: The Scottish economy grew by 0.4% in the first quarter, as the service sector expanded and manufacturing output increased. (Herald page 25, John McLaren in the Scotsman page 5)

Green energy: Fergus Ewing MSP and the Duke of Buccleuch have launched a regeneration scheme at the Glenmuckloch mine that will lead to green energy projects. (Herald page 4)


Patient care: A survey of nurses in Scotland has revealed that a third of nurses said their ward had reportedly cared for patients in offices, corridors, cupboards and storage areas. (Herald page 1-2)


Secularism: Campaigners in Scotland have called for a change in the law to stop religious representatives sitting on council education committees in a bid to halt religious influence on Scottish schools. (Herald page 5)

Local Government

Council powers: The councils of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles have written to the UK and Scottish governments demanding more power. (Scotsman page 8-9, Steven Heddle in the Scotsman, Brian Wilson in the Scotsman page 9, Herald page 6, Times page 19, page 12)

Child poverty: Child poverty costs Glasgow City Council £395 million a year according to Child Poverty Action Group. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 9)

Workplace checks: There has been a decline in the number of workplace inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland over the past three years. (Herald page 3)